Getting to Nova Scotia is easy by land, sea or air. 

By Air 

The Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) is the Atlantic Canadian hub for all domextic, regional and international services. There are direct flights and scheduled air service into Nova Scotia from: 


  • all major Canadian cities
  • all major United States cities through connecting hubs in Boston, Newark, Chicago and Philadelphia.
  • major European cities through the connecting hub at London. 


Visit for up-to-date information about flights to Halifax.There are a number of airports located conveniently throughout the province, including J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport in Cape Breton and the Yarmouth International Airport

By Land

The highways through Maine and most of New Brunswick are excellent and often scenic. For travellers driving to Nova Scotia, the communities listed below are your main points of entry:

  • Amherst, after crossing the border from New Brunswick on Trans Canada Highway 104
  • Tidnish, after you cross the Confederation Bridge/PEI via New Brunswick's Route 16
  • Caribou, Pictou County is the Northumberland ferry terminal location where ferries travel daily between May 1 and mid-December from Woods Islands, PEI. 
  • North Sydney is the ferry terminal location for the ferry service traveling from Port-aux-Basques and Argentia, Newfoundland & Labrador. North Sydney is at the eastern end of Trans Canada Highway 105. 

 ViaRail provides transcontinental train service; there are stations in Truro and Halifax.

Greyhound from New York and Voyageur from Montreal connect with Maritime Bus, which serces Atlantic Canada.  

By Sea

A new cruise ferry from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, NS started in May 2014. It is operated by Nova Star Cruises. It leaves Portland in the evening and arrives in Yarmouth the next morning, likewise it leaves Yarmouth in the morning and arrives in the evening. It has a buffet restaurant, a formal dining area, casual dining, and a casino. You can also bring your car. No seasickness on this trip-the ship is so big it will barely move, at least on a calm day. The ferry runs from May-November this year.

The Princess of Acadia sails daily, year round across the Bay of Fundy from Saint John NB, to Digby NS. For more information, call 1-888-249-7245; (902) 566-3838.

As a part of the Canada/New England cruise corridor, more than 20 major cruise lines visit Nova Scotia ports of call each year. Visit for booking options for cruises to Nova Scotia. For more information on the marquee ports of Halifax and Sydney, visit or  


Passports & Visas

Depending on your country of origin, there are specific documents you must possess to enter Canada

From the United States: As of 2009, all United States citizens visiting Canada must possess a valid passport or NEXUS card.

Visas: Visitors from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Australia do not require a visit to enter Canada. If you are not from one of these countries, you should contact your Canadian consulate or embassy to learn what documents you may require. The Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website provides links to over 150 Canadian embassies and offices around the world.

For more information on travelling to Nova Scotia from outside of Canada, visit